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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015- A bipartisan group of former U.S. agriculture secretaries going back to the Carter administration is urging Congress to pass fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) as a way to help President Obama conclude trade deals with a group of Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015 - On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken (very seriously.)
PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015-- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will (become a more aggressive organization) and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to (take over America's taste buds) through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 With strong bipartisan
support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to
prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxin - the toxic
byproducts of algae blooms found in drinking water.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Texas, Feb. 24, 2015-The U.S. ethanol industry had a spectacular year in 2014.
But unless Congress and the driving public recognize the tremendous potential
of biofuels and reject Big Oil's continuing attacks, the United States could
lose its leadership position.
25, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee postponed a trade hearing set
for Thursday, a sign that talks are progressing on a bill to provide
President Obama with the negotiating authority needed to complete a
Pacific Rim trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - EPA chief Gina McCarthy had few, if any, definitive answers on the impending Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule today at a House Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on the agency's budget for fiscal 2016.
Feb. 25, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured lawmakers he
would be personally involved in writing the government's new dietary
guidelines and indicated he would keep them narrowly focused on
25, 2015 - Special safety labels for mechanically tenderized meat are
likely to take effect as soon as 2016, two years earlier than expected,
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers. He was pushed to deliver recommendations for overhauling the country-of-origin labeling law.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2015 - In an effort to expand production and consumption of locally-grown foods in schools, lawmakers introduced new legislation today that would enhance USDA's Farm to School program.
As a member of North Dakota's state legislature, I take my constitutional duties seriously. Serving in office requires me to take an oath: I solemnly swear to support the U.S. Constitution, as well as my state's constitution.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 - House
Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said today's committee hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is just (the
start of a long) review of the largest initiative in the nation's safety net
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 -- The North American Meat Institute is asking that the comment period for the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee be extended from 45 days to 120 days.
23, 2015 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county
government officials from across the country to support President Obama's
request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015-- Bee experts at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week said better management of crop chemicals could go a long way toward improving the health of this pollinator that is crucial to agriculture, but researching diseases that plague the insect is the best long-term solution.
Our guest on Open Mic this week is Jim Walker, Vice President of Case IH North America Agricultural Division. Ag equipment manufacturers were able to overcome the costs of research and development to meet Tier 4 emission standards during an upswing in crop prices and net farm income. Now with discussion of Tier 5 standards, Walker believes legislators should measure the costs and incremental benefits of even tighter emission standards. Walker says a more predictable tax code and relief from estate taxes would help farmers and the agriculture equipment industry weather the downturn in commodity prices.